I mean

idiom
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of I mean

informal
1 used to emphasize a statement
  • He has to stop drinking. I mean, he's going to kill himself if he keeps it up.
  • He throws, I mean, really hard!
2 used to correct a previous statement
  • We met in Toronto—I mean Montreal.
3 used when one is unsure of what to say or how to say it
  • I'm not mad. It's just that, I mean, I think you've been acting a little selfishly.

Word by Word Definitions

  1. : the 9th letter of the English alphabet

  2. : a graphic representation of this letter

  3. : a speech counterpart of orthographic i

  1. imaginary unit

  1. : the one who is speaking or writing — compare me, mine, my, we

  1. : someone aware of possessing a personal individuality : self

  1. iodine

  1. used as a connective vowel to join word elements especially of Latin origin

mean play
  1. : to have in the mind as a purpose : intend

  2. : to design for or destine to a specified purpose or future

  3. : to serve or intend to convey, show, or indicate : signify

  1. : lacking distinction or eminence : humble

  2. : lacking in mental discrimination : dull

  3. : of poor, shabby, or inferior quality or status

  1. : occupying a middle position : intermediate in space, order, time, kind, or degree

  2. : occupying a position about midway between extremes

  3. : serving as a means : intermediary

  1. : something intervening or intermediate

  2. : a middle point between extremes

  3. : a value that lies within a range of values and is computed according to a prescribed law: such as


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